Nothing lasts forever and that includes your water heater. There may come a time in the next ten years or so that you may need to replace something on your water heater. Finding out which parts you may need could be frustrating sometimes.
We can offer you a partial parts list for your Rheem Electric Water Heater in the event that you may need to repair your water heater. It should be noted that if you are not familiar with the way the water heater works, you should consider hiring a professional to install the parts. Check the warranty as well; the warranty will outline what is covered and what is not. Try to avoid doing anything that will affect your warranty. The elements inside the water heater are the most important parts of the water heater. You will have heating elements, temperature and relief valves and gaskets as well as thermostats, anode rods and dip tubes. Each Rheem Electric Water Heater Series may have different part numbers, so you may have to consult the manual to locate the correct part numbers.
Rheem Electric Water Heater Replacement Anode Rods
The Anode Rods for the Rheem Electric Water Heaters are located on the top of the water heater next to the Dip Tube/Internal Heat Trap. The Anode Rod is part of the water heater that offers the heater Cathodic Protection. In other words, an Anode Rod is a metal rod that helps protect the water heater from rust and corrosion. The rod actually works like a magnet in the way that it attracts all of the corrosion in the water to keep the corrosion from getting into the water supply. These Anode Rods are usually made of Magnesium and Aluminum.
Rheem Electric Water Heater Replacement Dip Tubes
The Dip Tubes on Rheem Electric Water Heaters are located at the top of the water heater. The Dip Tube is a long rod that runs from the top of the water heater and runs through to just about the bottom of the water heater tank.
The Dip Tube’s function is to keep the cold water in the tank at the bottom of the tank while the hot water rises to the top. There are two different styles of Dip Tubes available from Rheem the Flared Dip Tube and the Threaded Dip Tube. You will have to consult your Rheem Electric Water Heaters Manual to find the exact part number that you will need for your water heater.
Rheem Water Heater Upper and Lower Thermostats
The definition of a thermostat is a device that regulates the temperature of a system such as a water heater. As the water temperature of the water heats up it is dispensed through the water heater. On the Rheem Electric Water Heaters that have Double Elements there are both the upper and lower thermostat. All other Rheem Electric Water Heaters have thermostats located at the bottom of the water heater.
Rheem Replacement Drain Valves
Drain Valves are located at the bottom of the electric water heater. The drain valve is an aid in draining the water heater when a repair of replacement of the water heater tank is necessary. This valve is also responsible for removing all of the sediments and contaminants from water heater. Depending on which model Rheem Electric Water Heater you have, there are several different models for the Drain Valve. Take a look at your manual to see which part number corresponds with the model you have.
Rheem Replacement Temperature & Pressure Relief Valves
The Temperature and Relief Valve is located at the top of the water heater. The Temperature & Relief Valve or T&P Relief is designed to act as a back up safety mechanism in case the water heater starts to overheat. The T&P Valves will release the additional pressure that has backed up in the system. Most water heaters will turn off until the temperatures are back to normal.
We have listed a few of the essential elements of the Rheem Electric Water Heaters. If you already have a Rheem Electric Water Heater it is a good idea to read the manuals and care guides to familiarize your self with the system. It is a good idea to know what each part is for, so you can understand better when a part needs to be replaced. You can find Rheem Electric Water Heater Replacement Parts in your local Home Improvement stores or your local hardware store. There are also many places online where you can find these parts at good prices. All Rheem Electric Water Heater are different with part numbers so consult your manual to look up the correct parts. It is important to have a professional work on your electric water heater for warranty reasons as well as safety reasons.